Thanksgiving Update

Dear BMCC Community,

Thanksgiving week is upon us, in a year that has presented many unforeseen challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the uncovering of racial injustice and tense political shift of our country.

BMCC President Anthony E. Munroe
BMCC President Anthony E. Munroe

For some of us, this time of year means traveling to visit with family and friends, sharing a traditional meal and reflecting on the people and things for which we are grateful. This year, though we may not be gathering with our loved ones, we can give still give thanks to those who have helped us get through this unprecedented year.

I also want to encourage each of us to remember the members of the BMCC community who have helped our community face the year’s challenges head-on.

First, I’d like to send a special ‘Thank you’ to our essential workers — the Buildings and Grounds staff and Public Safety officers who have worked around the clock to ensure that our buildings are clean and safe.

Thank you to the departmental chairs and faculty, who have transitioned to online teaching and continue providing our students with the quality education they deserve.

Thank you to our dedicated staff who have persisted in handling, from a distance, the daily operations of our institution, and who have provided services and programs to our high-achieving and determined students.

I also wish to thank our many alumni and donors who remain committed to supporting our institution and our students.

This time of year also means moving quickly towards our final academic push — projects, papers, exams and end-of-calendar-year tasks. Even in less burdensome times, the end of the fall semester can be a time of stress and anxiety. Add the weight of the pandemic — isolation, illness, loss of jobs and income —  and it becomes even more important for us to look out for one another.

There are many services and resources ready to provide support, if you are in need of assistance. Our Resilience, Health and Wellness website was created to help you.  Students can also contact NYC Well for encouragement and a guidance by phone, text or chat, 24/7.

Throughout this holiday season, remember that we are one institution, united in our diversity, our academic excellence, our outstanding staff and our pride as BMCC Panthers! Express your appreciation to those who have helped you — it’s the small things that sometimes have the greatest impact. Remind yourself and those you care about, to place a high priority on self-care. Take breaks, connect safely with friends, plan for better days ahead and stay vigilant as you remember to  wash your hands, maintain social distance and wear a mask!

I am grateful to serve as your president. The strength, fortitude and innovative spirit of the BMCC community inspires me every day.  I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving break. Continue to stay safe and strong!